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11 December 2011

Bug hospitalises 26 school children

Johannesburg - Twenty-six pupils from Malvern primary school west of Johannesburg were rushed to hospital after they contracted a stomach bug on Saturday, Johannesburg Emergency Services said.

"The grade R children were attending their graduation ceremony at midday when they started vomiting, having diarrhoea and high temperatures," spokesperson Synock Matobako said.

"There was a caterer for the event but he said none of the children had eaten yet. So we suspect that one of the children was sick and passed the bug on to the rest."

The children were taken to the Charlotte Maxeke Academic, Germiston and Bedford centre hospitals for treatment.

Synock appealed to parents to keep children at home if they showed signs of illness and to teach them the importance of washing hands before and after meals.

- SAPA/News24